The Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan
The Objective of IT Continuity Management is to safeguard the performance of service in any eventuality based on planning and implementation of preventive measures. Enterprises depend to a significant on the availability and functionality of the information technology in use. Therefore, preparation for an eventuality, combined with business continuity management, assumes ever greater importance, with the specific goal of safeguarding the availability of services, taking preventive measures to reduce the probability of failures and, if a catastrophic event should occur, restoring services in the required time.
The purpose of the project
"The primary objective of any contingency plan is to ensure the ability of the unit to function effectively in the event of an interruption due to the loss of information, loss of personnel, or loss of access to information and facilities." (Michigan State University)
Team A chose Huffman Trucking Company to analyze the data and design a system for backing up the data for all location and the way to communicate in case of disaster as follow:
Organization: Huffman Trucking
Locations: All Hub Locations
Requester: Chairman of the Board
Description of Request: We currently have no disaster recovery plan.
Background of Request:
Our organization is driven by our data and information we need to ensure we are doing everything in our power to protect ourselves from any type of natural or man made disaster situation.
Expected Results/Impact when completed:
Assess the company's current data interests, backup plans, off-site storage etc.
Develop recommendations on improving our current data recovery operations.
Initial investigations process and collecting information includes the problems or opportunities for the system:
Areas of the business to be improved
It is necessary to consider the organization's ability to continue to deliver its normal business services in case of possible incidents that can affect the normal operations of the organization. An important part of the disaster recovery planning process is the assessment of the areas of the business to be improved. (The Disaster Recovery Guide, 2002)
Finance and Accounting
Sales and sales administration
Corporate E-mail based communications
Other on-line real-time customer services
Information technology services
The importunacy of keeping the data secure, damage free, and to have a backup copy at safe storage area:
Privacy: Data security helps to ensure privacy. Security also helps protect personal data between technology and the legal right to, or public expectation of, privacy in the collection and sharing of data. The most common sources of data that are affected by data privacy issues are:
Physical Damage: A wide variety of failures can cause physical damage to storage media. CD-ROMs can have their metallic substrate or dye layer scratched off; hard disks can suffer any of several mechanical failures, such as 'head crashes' and failed motors; taps can simply break. Physical damage always risks data loss, and in many cases the logical structures of the file system. This causes logical damage that must be dealt with before any files can be rescued from the failed ...